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The Enchanted April | [Elizabeth von Arnim]

The Enchanted April

It began in a women's club in London on a February afternoon. A discreet advertisement in The Times, addressed to "Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine..." lures four very different women away from the dismal British weather to San Salvatore, a castle high above a bay on the sunny Italian Riviera. There, the Mediterranean spirit stirs the souls of Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Wilkins, Lady Caroline Dester, and Mrs Fisher, and remarkable changes occur.
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It began in a women's club in London on a February afternoon. A discreet advertisement in The Times, addressed to "Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine..." lures four very different women away from the dismal British weather to San Salvatore, a castle high above a bay on the sunny Italian Riviera. There, the Mediterranean spirit stirs the souls of Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Wilkins, Lady Caroline Dester, and Mrs Fisher, and remarkable changes occur.

©1922 Elizabeth von Arnim (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 01-27-14
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Oh, Gosh! What a Delightful Surprise!"
    Would you listen to The Enchanted April again? Why?

    I purchased this audiobook because it came cheap. I had low expectations. So imagine my surprise when I found fleshed-out characters, a not so easy journey for them, and twists in the plot. Even though I absolutely knew how it'd turn out in the end, it was so good (and so well narrated) I zipped through, chapter after chapter. And I look forward to doing that again someday because really: what a delight!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters have complicated natures, complicated desires, and unexpected challenges to growth. Mrs. Wilkins, Lottie, however, is a natural favorite as she's the catalyst for change, the one who leaves her subservient self behind, and looks to the future with hope while enjoying every second of the present.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This book really makes you look at the beauty around you, and it inspires you to fling off your shackles with joy. I particularly was impressed by how many little obstacles were thrown in the way of the characters. What should have been a predictable journey to growth was instead written with challenges for them. This had me biting my nails now and again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found nothing wrong with Eleanor Bron's performance but was instead really quite taken with it. There are different versions of this book, but I suggest this version as Bron has a knack for delivering the different tones of the characters' natures, their emotions. She doesn't make the annoying mistake of trying to warp her voice into different characters but uses subtle variations to distinguish them. She really captures their longings, their fears, their hopes.


    Any additional comments?

    Make no mistake, this is light reading/listening. If you're looking for deep plot dynamics, save this for later. But by all means, come back later if you'd like some refreshment. It's a little gem that I had no idea was out there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JGrace 06-27-13
    JGrace 06-27-13

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    "Sunlit vacation"

    Enchanted April –Elizabeth Von Armen
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    3.5 stars ( round down to 3)

    Four women of various ages decide to share the rent of an Italian villa for the month of April. Two of the women are bored and dissatisfied with their marriages, one is a selfish elderly widow, and the fourth is a snobbish, young, single aristocrat.

    I loved the setting of this book. I want to book a month’s vacation there. Although, I would definitely choose different companions. The book was first published in 1922; so the mannerisms, concerns and personalities of these women were a bit dated. I just could not warm up to any of them. I was expecting more feminine bonding in the course of the story and was very disappointed with the arrival of the husbands. The easy resolutions in marital relations were too simplistic for the seriously troubled relationships.

    At the end, I just wanted to shoo all of the annoying people out of the villa, so I could go sit on the terrace and enjoy the beautiful view in peace !

    I previewed several audio versions of this book before settling on Eleanor Bron. She gave a solid performance with a good variety of voices for the different characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 03-20-13
    Robin 03-20-13

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    "barely makes 2 stars"

    If this book hadn't been written in the 1920s, i'd have given it 1 star as a period novel. If you are looking for an excellent book of that approximate era, written in the early 1900s, read The Forsyte Saga. You will recognize a huge chasm between the writing styles, and, substantively, the author's perception of the female mind and character. Begrudgingly, 2 stars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Neutral..."

    I cannot say I disliked this book but it was a bit dull, not much going on except for the last half an hour of listening. The narrator does not add enough "spice" to the story. The description of the landscapes and the characters of the book is very poetic and pleasant, though.

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  • Hilarie
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    7/18/14
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    "A Glimpse into a Bygone Age"
    What did you like most about The Enchanted April?

    I loved the uniqueness of the characters and their interaction with each other; how they developed and matured during the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depiction of Italy, its gardens, its food, its people and the contrast between the stiff Anglo Saxons and the passionate and volatile Italians


    What does Eleanor Bron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She made the characters come alive - such a fabulous voice - so well-read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Sydney, Australia
    7/7/14
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    "Well written improbable escape"
    What did you like most about The Enchanted April?

    Well written, beautifully read. Charming escape.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting content: characters of different women of the time and insights into their lives. Beauty of Italy; different sorts of marriages.


    What about Eleanor Bron’s performance did you like?

    Eleanor Bron reads superbly. She is one of my go to narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen if you like character and relationship based fiction that doesn't move too fast.

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